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Quinoa Paella

Quinoa Paella

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/4 teaspoon saffron, crushed
2 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
dash cayenne
14 ounces diced tomatoes (look for Eden brand glass jar)
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 14-ounce can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups vegetable broth
2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 can artichoke hearts, rinsed and cut into quarters
Celtic sea salt

Sauté onion and garlic in a deep non-stick skillet with a little water until soft.  Add the quinoa and saffron and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Add paprika, cumin, cayenne, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and 2 3/4 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to very low, and cook covered for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, check to see if more broth is needed. If it looks dry, add the remaining vegetable broth. Place the zucchini on top of the quinoa and re-cover. Cook for about 5 more minutes, until quinoa is done. Remove the cover, stir in the peas, and cook uncovered until peas are warm and all liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Arrange the artichoke hearts on the top and serve. Season with Celtic salt to taste.

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